February 02 2018
According to historians, the celebration of the Candlemas or "candlelight festivals" draws particular pagan roots in a cult of ancient fertility. The event was held in a cave in Rome mid-February, during the first planting season, to celebrate Saturn around the winter solstice.
According to popular belief, peasants roamed the fields carrying torches to purify the land before sowing. It was also said that the flour of the year would be lost if it was not used in Candlemas pancakes. The consumption of pancakes would be a tribute to the rebirth of nature, the cycle of seasons and more precisely the coming spring.
Many traditions related to pancakes have emerged, especially in France. One is to hold a gold louis in one hand and turn a pancake upside down from the frying pan. An elegant and unfolded fallout of the dough would bode well for the finances of the home. Moreover, the most superstitious will keep the first pancake in a wardrobe: there, it would have the gift of attracting luck.
For us, the Candlemas, it is especially the occasion to be together with family around the crêpes of mother. And what is more opportune than to open on this occasion a bottle of Ballerine. Its allure and finesse and aromas of red fruits, brioche and flowers will blend perfectly with your pancakes whatever the recipe.